Apple TV+, the Apple TV app and Apple TV channels
After a year or so of closing content deals with everyone from Steven Spielberg to Oprah, Apple finally unveiled its subscription video service. Apple TV+ will launch this fall, it will not have ads and... that's about all we know right now. While no one talked price or exact content, there was a parade of Hollywood talent that included JJ Abrams, Kumail Nanjiani and even Big Bird.
You'll be able to watch it on the redesigned Apple TV app, which serves as a front end where you can browse and subscribe to "channels" including HBO, Showtime, CBS All Access and more. The big name that's missing is Netflix, but the TV app will give Apple a video foothold on smart TVs and set-top boxes later this year and essentially replace iTunes for access to your TV shows and movies.
Apple News+ is an all-you-can-eat magazine subscription for $9.99 per month
While the TV app grows up with a Plus, the Apple News app is adding a subscription, too. Apple News+ will have over 300 magazines in total -- WSJ, LA Times, Wired and Essence are on board -- and all will be available via a single subscription for $9.99 a month. It's available starting today, provided you've installed the latest iOS or macOS updates.
Apple Arcade is a game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV
As part of its big push into subscription services, Apple announced Apple Arcade. From the sound of things, it's going to be a "Netflix for games" that lets users pay a monthly rate to play as many participating games as they want. When it launches this fall, you'll find it in the App Store under its own tab. Apple is also working with developers for original games like a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky and titles from the likes of Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger) and Will Wright (SimCity, The Sims).
Apple is launching a credit card
Apple Card promises to make the most of the company's privacy, simplicity and (of course) integration with your iPhone. You can sign up for the Goldman Sachs-backed card directly from your device (it'll be useful right away), and it'll appear in an updated version of the Wallet app that can show your latest bills, transactions and spending history. Also, the card won't be limited to the digital realm. The company is prepping a real-world credit card made from titanium (yes, really) that has no long card number, signature or other potentially identifying info.
Xiaomi Mi 9 review: A worthy OnePlus rival
This flagship phone has the latest Snapdragon processor, a modern design with a teardrop-shaped notch and a better-than-expected camera system. Basically, it's a great alternative to OnePlus in the $500 price range -- assuming you live somewhere it's sold, like China or Europe.
Hackers hijacked update server to install backdoors on ASUS machines
For nearly half a year, computer maker ASUS was unwittingly pushing malware that gave hackers backdoor access to thousands of computers, according to Kaspersky Lab. With access to an update server, the attackers were able to distribute malicious files that appeared legitimate because they were given an ASUS digital certificate.
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